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Obama to Africa: Be responsible!

Giving his views on Africa, US President Barack Obama said it is time the continent looks beyond its colonial past and starts taking responsibility for its current condition.

I am certainly all for taking responsibility for one's own actions and situation.

But what Obama didn't say in his speech is that the oppression, exploitation and rape of Africa continue to this day, right now as we speak, with Western powers, as well as now China there to exploit its natural resources. The Chinese are even more cruel than the Westerners in that they don't even take Africans for the jobs that need to be done in the sphere of natural resources among others, but rather they bring their own workforce/manual labor from China. The European colonialists at least employed Africans to work in the mines, on construction sites of schools, hospitals, etc. [of course in terrible conditions, but still it was bringing food on the table].

The exploitation, in my opinion, is going on as much today as before, only perhaps in more subtle ways.

Of course Obama is not going to blame the US, whom he represents. In this speech he clearly washes off his/the West's hands of all responsibility in Africa's current problems.

I am not sure also how pumping millions of dollars in aid to corrupt regimes/leaderships without due follow-up and supervision as to how these funds are being spent and demands for an account of such spending - just like the IMF, World Bank, EU, etc are doing - is showing any more responsibility than the African countries today which Obama blames for not behaving responsibly.

What do you think?
Barack Obama tells Africa to stop blaming colonialism for problems
President Barack Obama has told African leaders it is time to stop blaming colonialism and "Western oppression" for the continent's manifold problems.
By Alex Spillius in Washington
Published: 12:28AM BST 09 Jul 2009

Ahead of a visit to Ghana at the weekend, he said: "Ultimately, I'm a big believer that Africans are responsible for Africa.
"I think part of what's hampered advancement in Africa is that for many years we've made excuses about corruption or poor governance, that this was somehow the consequence of neo-colonialism, or the West has been oppressive, or racism – I'm not a big – I'm not a believer in excuses.
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And here is the full text of the speech:
Text of President Obama's Speech to Ghana's Parliament
11 July 2009
A New Moment of Promise
Accra, Ghana